The Waning of the Middle Ages

The Waning of the Middle Ages

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This study of life, thought and art in France and the Netherlands in the 14th and 15th centuries remains a classic historical work. In it, Johan Huizinga challenges the prevailing notion that the Middle Ages were just a prelude to the Renaissance. Examining in detail the work of the brothers Van Eyck, he goes on to demonstrate his belief that the actions of princes and statesmen, the chivalry of knights, and the outpourings of theologians, artists, poets and chroniclers were the final and perfect flowering of an older style of life. He ends his work by concluding that in an age of violent contrasts and impressive forms there was a tone of passion in everyday life that helped produce that "perpetual oscillation between despair and distracted joy, between cruelty and pious tenderness, which characterize life in the Middle Ages".
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 24mm | 372g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0141390611
  • 9780141390611

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The violent tenor of life; pessimism and the ideal of the sublime life; the hierarchic conception of society; the idea of chivalry; the dream of heroism and of love; orders of chivalry and vows; the political and military value of chivalrous ideas; love formalized; the conventions of love; the idyllic vision of life; the vision of death; religious thought crystallizing into images; types of religious life; religious sensibility and religious imagination; symbolism in its decline; the effects of realism; religious thought beyond the limits of imagination; the forms of thought and practical life; art and life; the aesthetic sentiment; verbal and plastic expression compared - 1; verbal and plastic expression compared - 2; the advent of the new form.
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About Johan H. Huizinga

Johan Huizinga is one of the most imporatant historians of the twentieth century. He was Professor of General History at the University of Leyden. While he is best-known for this book, his biography, ERASMUS OF ROTTERDAM, is unsurpassed.
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